Any Real Difference Between These Bikes??
So I'm looking at getting a new bike after having been out of the sport for about 15 years. I'm wondering if there is any real difference between the 2012 and 2013 Bianchi Volpe. I'm looking at this bike for commuting during the week and then hitting some wooded trails on the weekend. I'm hoping to get into good enough shape to do a century at the end of the summer. I'm not looking at doing any real racing, so I'm wondering if there would be a noticeable difference between these two bikes for my purposes. The components are as follows:
2013 for $1300
MODEL Volpe Tiagra 10sp Triple
COLOR Slate Blue
FRAME Bianchi Cr-Mo, triple butted main tubes, tig welded.
FORK Bianchi Cr-Mo, 1 1/8" w/rack braze-ons
HEADSET 1 1/8" threadless
SHIFTERS Shimano Tiagra 10sp
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Tiagra
CRANKSET FSA Vero Triple 50/39/30
CHAIN FSA Team Issue
CASSETTE Shimano Tiagra 10sp 12-30T
BRAKES Reparto Corse Cantilever
WHEELS Shimano Tiagra hubs, Bianchi DRX6000 double wall w/ eyelets
TIRE Kenda Kwicker 700 x 32
STEM Reparto Corse alloy
HANDLEBAR Reparto Corse compact alloy
BAR TAPE / GRIPS Crok Tape, black
SEATPOST Reparto Corse alloy
SADDLE Velo VL-1166
PEDALS SPD compatible
2012 Model for $1000
Rims/Wheels WTB DX23
Tires WTB All Terrainasaurus, 700 x 32c
Crankset Sugino XD500T
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-950, 9-speed: 11-32
Shifters Shimano Tiagra STI
Tape/Grips Cork tape
Stem Kalloy, aluminum
Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
Brakes Cane Creek SCX-5 cantilevers
Thanks for the help,
Put them side by side and you can see the component choices .. how lazy are you?
9 vs 10 speed , the tooth count on the crankset . '10 speed' is more overgeared.
both new stock, in the shops? same size? , did you go down there and test ride them?
Last edited by fietsbob; 04-01-13 at 02:20 PM.